Membership

Our membership is open to qualified and trainee sign language interpreters and translators (deaf and hearing) who identify as a person of colour. Membership is open to sign language interpreters and translators from across Europe.

 

We are a large group from diverse backgrounds, including a large number of people who identify as mixed heritage, which is what makes us unique and strong.

 

Our ethos as an organisation is to create and maintain a safe space for people who may have experienced life as the ‘other’, a member of an ethnic minority in a Western, White society, or as a product of the legacy of colonialism, slavery and race politics.

Please see our Membership Policy for more information.

Membership Categories

Full member


Full Member membership is open to trainee and qualified interpreters and translators (deaf and hearing) from European countries who identify as a person of colour. Member benefits:

  • Listing on online directory
  • Access to a bookings group with dedicated bookings for interpreters of colour, as well as job notifications
  • Access to training and educational events
  • Access to research, publications and opportunities to contribute to research
  • Monthly newsletter subscription
  • Access to shadowing and buddying opportunities
  • Access to professional mentoring and supervision services
  • Access to regional peer support groups
  • Access to all networking events and opportunities
  • Representing the organisation at regional, national and international level
  • Voting rights at AGM
  • Eligible to stand as an Executive Board member
  • Use of designatory letters MIOC after name
  • Use of IOCN Member logo
  • Access to online forums and an IOCN WhatsApp group
Joining as a Full Member
  1. For membership enquiries, please contact - admin@interpretersofcolour.net
  2. A member of the Board of Directors will call you to ask about your motivations for joining and to explain more about the group
  3. You will be sent the Members Handbook and asked to agree to the terms and conditions of membership
  4. You will then be able to access full member benefits




Agency Supporter member


Agency Supporter membership is open to agencies who support the aims and objectives of the Interpreters of Colour Network. It allows agencies to post job bookings directly to IOCN members and access to the IOCN international pool of interpreters. Member benefits:

  • Ability to advertise an unlimited number of job requests to the network, within your membership year
  • Receiving the IOCN newsletter, published 3 times a year
  • Access to the wide variety of expertise and knowledge of our members. A representative from IOCN can be made available if you need support with policies, procedures and training.
Joining as an Agency Supporter member
  1. For membership enquiries, please contact admin@interpretersofcolour.net




Membership fees


All fees are for a period of 12 months. Full member: £96 Student and overseas members: £45 Agency Supporter member: £500




Student member


Student Member membership is open to people of colour who are working towards interpreter and/or translator training from European countries. Student members must be enrolled on an interpreting programme that leads to qualified status. Member benefits:

  • Access to training and educational events
  • Access to research, publications and opportunities to contribute to research
  • Monthly newsletter subscription
  • Access to shadowing and buddying opportunities
  • Access to professional mentoring and supervision services
  • Access to regional peer support groups
  • Access to all networking events and opportunities
  • Access to online forums and an IOCN WhatsApp group
Joining as a Student Member
  1. For membership enquiries, please contact - admin@interpretersofcolour.net
  2. A member of the Board of Directors will call you to ask about your motivations for joining and to explain more about the group
  3. You will be sent the Members Handbook and asked to agree to the terms and conditions of membership
  4. You will then be able to access student member benefits